SOLD - The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator)

1931 - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London - First Edition with Shepard’s illustrations (38th)
‘And you really live by The River? What a jolly life!’

‘By it and with it and on it and in it,’ said the Rat... ‘It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth having, and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing.


A finely bound example of the first edition to contain the classic and charming illustrations Ernest Shepard, with his wonderful two page map bound in at the rear.

Toad sat straight down in the middle of the dusty road, his legs stretched out before him, and stared fixedly in the direction of the disappearing motor-car. He breathed short, his face wore a placid, satisfied expression, and at intervals he faintly murmured “Poop-poop!”’

The Wind in the Willows can be read in many different ways; as a wry commentary on the class system of Edwardian England, as a warning of the threat of social change and the destruction of rural values, as an oblique manifesto of Grahame’s own views on politics, religion, and social reform.

In the above scene from chapter two, Mr Toad, after nearly being killed by a passing motorist, falls in love with the idea of speed, “
Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped - always somebody else’s horizon! O Bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!” The motor car here is a force of chaotic, destructive energy that sunders the arcadian world of the river bank, and Mr. Toad, transfixed as he sits in the middle of the road watching the machine recede into the distance, stands for the point at which the human spirit is seduced by the folly of its own desires. The motor car changed their lives, and ours for ever.’ – Gerard Woodward, The Little Black Book.


Shepard on meeting Grahame to discuss the illustrations to 'The Wind in the Willows' :-

"Not sure about his new illustrator of his book, he listened patiently while I told him what I hoped to do. Then he said 'I love these little people, be kind to them'. Just that; but sitting forward in his chair, resting upon the arms, his fine handsome head turned aside, looking like some ancient Viking, warming, he told me of the river nearby, of the meadows where mole broke ground that spring morning, of the banks where Rat had his house, of the pool where Otter hid, and of Wild Wood way up on the hill above the river. ...He would like, he said, to go with me to show me the river bank that he knew so well, ‘...but now I cannot walk so far and you must find your way alone'."

Grahame passed away before the publication of this new edition with what have become the illustrations that are most loved and associated with '
The Wind in the Willows' . 
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All the Mowgli Stories [The Jungle Book] - Rudyard Kipling, Stuart Tresilian (illustrator)

1933 - MacMillan and Co. Limited, London - First Edition of this Collection and First to be Illustrated by Tresillian
A large finely bound and profusely illustrated collection of Kipling’s best known tales revolving around the adventures of the abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. These stories where initially published as part of the short story collections in ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘The Second Jungle Book’ and ‘Many Inventions’.

The first edition to be illustrated by Stuart Tresilian for which he is most remembered, with eight full page colour plates and numerous black and white sketches throughout the text. Many of Tresilian’s characters were based on drawings from London Zoo.

This collection of Mowgli stories was the basis for the magnificent 1967 animated musical film ‘
The Jungle Book’, the last to be produced by Walt Disney himself. 
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The Call of the Wild - Jack London

1903 - The Macmillan Company, New York - First Edition, First Issue
Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and . . . he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire, and to plunge into the forest

A fresh first edition of Jack London's best and most enduring work, with little of the usual rubbing to the boards. Illustrated with eleven full page colour plates, including frontispiece with tissue-guard, five in-text colour illustrations, and numerous full page and in-text single tint decorations and illustrations, by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull, decorations by Charles E. Hooper.

‘What projects
The Call of the Wild towards immortality is London's urgent and vivid style, and his astonishing identification with the world he's describing’ - The Guardian Newspaper (2014), 100 best novels. 
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The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies - Beatrix Potter

1909 - Frederick Warne and Co, London - First Edition, First Printing
In this sequel to The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Benjamin has grown up and married Peter’s sister Flopsy, and they have three boys and three girls.

In March 1909 Beatrix Potter was staying at her uncle and aunt’s house in Gwaynynog, North Wales and so used the gardens there as the setting for this story.

A near fine copy of the first edition.
 
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The Roly-Poly Pudding - Beatrix Potter

1908 - Frederick Warne and Co., London - First Edition, First Printing
A superb and thus scarce example of this first edition of Roly-Poly Pudding in which Beatrix Potter expresses her love of the quaint old farmhouse at Hill Top, Sawry, which she has taken as the setting for the story, and despite the infestations of rats she had to deal with whilst renovating this farmhouse, she dedicates the book to her former pet – ‘In remembrance of “SAMMY” The intelligent pink-eyed Representative of a Persecuted (but Irrepressible) Race!

The illustrations are based upon the actual rooms at Hill Top, which can still be visited today [2015] as Potter arranged for the property to be run by the National Trust and rooms to be kept just as they were during her lifetime.
 
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1942 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York
Somewhere beyond the sink-hole, past the magnolia, under the live oaks, a boy and a yearling ran side by side, and were gone forever.’

A finely bound copy, of Rawlings’ novel about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn. Exploring the themes of adolescence, family relationships, death, and loneliness. Scribner’s legendary editor, Maxwell Perkins, who was also the editor of Hemingway, F. Scott-Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, had rejected all of Rawlings’ previous projects advising her to actually write about what she knew from her own life, the result was
The Yearling which won Rawlings the 1939 Pulitzer Prize.

Enhanced by twelve full page colour plates by N. C. Wyeth one of America’s finest illustrators.
 
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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Wiggin

1903 - Houghton, Boston and New York - First Edition
Rebecca was a thing of fire and spirit.... [she] was plucky at two and dauntless at five.’

A finely bound example of this classic tale about the pain of growing up, admired by authors from Jack London to Mark Twain. Beautifully written with a humorous touch.

‘When ten-year-old Rebecca Randall comes to live with flinty aunt Miranda and her sentimental sister Jane in a small town in Maine, they expect to turn her into a proper young lady. Instead, Rebecca will end up changing them.’ [Random House]
 
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